The quality, and the performance, of Kingsman: The Secret Service was a very pleasant surprise indeed when it hit cinemas in January of 2015. Starring Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Michael Caine and Samuel L. Jackson along with newcomer Taron Edgerton as Eggsy, the movie became an immediate hit and developed a large fan base beyond what the original comic series had been able to do. 46-year-old Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn had delivered the goods once again following a string of fantastic showings for his films, Kick-Ass and Stardust to name just a couple. Vaughn’s passion for this particular material, however, has seen him eagerly return to the director’s chair to helm the Kingsman sequel.
Continuing on from the first instalment’s story, Kingsman: The Golden Circle opens with the destruction of the Kingsman Headquarters and then proceeds to follow Eggsy and his fellow agents on their mission to put a stop to the organisation behind it: the Golden Circle. The new film also features some sneaky additions to the cast including the highly talented Julianne Moore (Poppy), Jeff Bridges (Champ), Halle Berry (Ginger) and Logan Lucky’s Channing Tatum (Agent Tequila). Tatum’s Tequila is one of The Statesman, a group that is essentially America’s answer to to the Kingsman spies, and finds himself roped in with Eggsy and his lot in order to take down the bad guys.
Agent Tequila’s first encounter with the Kingsman is not the proper introduction that one would have hoped for, though, and the Statesman catches agents Eggsy and Merlin (Strong) in the act of breaking and entering into his agencies’ secure premises, disguised as a brewery.
Official Description and Trailer:
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” introduced the world to Kingsman – an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…
The contrast between the charming, suited & booted characters of the Kingsman against the sharpshooter, Texas-cowboy Statesman is strong and provides a nice variety of personalities in the ‘good guy’ camp this time around. Tatum certainly goes all out in his performance here with a fairly thick Southern accent and the chewing tobacco to match, not to mention his John Wayne-esque skills with a rifle. While Eggsy and Merlin’s reasons for breaking into the Statesman compound are not given here we’re sure that it must be important and that the misunderstanding will be sorted out, seeing as the two agencies join forces in the movie.
Kingsman 2 has a lot of expectation weighing down on it, but if there’s any filmmaker to make it work it’s Vaughn. His vision set the explosive franchise in motion and his vision will surely be enough see it through its first sequel.
See Kingsman: The Golden Circle in cinemas now.